Kerry at State is bad news. It signals America's commitment to Israel and permanent wars. It threatens humanity. Israeli officials and their US Lobby hailed what deserves condemnation.
Netanyahu welcomed Kerry's appointment. He called him a personal friend and staunch Israeli supporter.
"I congratulate John Kerry on being chosen for the position of US Secretary of State," he said. "Kerry is very experienced and is known supporter of Israel's security."
"John Kerry and I are friends for many years and I greatly appreciated the fact that half a year ago, after the death of my father, he came to visit me during my mourning. I look forward to cooperating with him."
The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) lauded Kerry's nomination. A joint chair Marc Stanley/president and CEO David Harris statement said in part:
"We are ecstatic to see that President Obama has selected Senator Kerry to be the next Secretary of State. Senator Kerry's foreign policy credentials are impeccable and he is the right person to be representing the United States on the global stage at this time."
"He has been a leader when it comes to Israel and has made it abundantly clear that he - like the Obama Administration - stands squarely behind the Jewish state."
"Senator Kerry has been an outstanding ally to the Jewish community and we fully support his nomination. We urge the Senate to confirm him as the next Secretary of State without delay."
Former AIPAC executive director, Morrie Amitay, agreed that Kerry's support for Israel is longstanding. His voting record is exemplary. At the same time, he stopped short of calling it perfect.
Rhetorically he's critical of settlements. So are other US and EU officials. Words alone are hollow. Policies with teeth don't follow.
On December 21, The Anti-Defamation League welcomed Kerry's appointment. A joint national chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher/national director Abe Foxman statement said in part:
"Senator Kerry has been a consummate statesmen and a strong advocate of America's engagement in the world."
"As chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has been a staunch defender of democracy and freedom and a vital voice on issues which are important to ADL."
"Throughout his Senate career, Mr. Kerry has consistently been an effective advocate for Israel's security in a dangerous region and demonstrated his commitment to fighting against anti-Semitism and bigotry all over the world. "